Sora (blocking)

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A few major feathers on the Sora are edged-out. This is the blocking stage, as I sometimes call it. Major feather groups, if visible, are roughed in. If feather groups are not obvious (as they were in my earlier drawings of Sparrows), conspicuous feather edges are defined instead. In the case of Rails (and Shorebirds), the groupings are not always obvious because the scapulars drift downward and obscure the wings. Usually, this stage goes hand-in-hand with a bit more darkening of plumage details. The drawing becomes more confident than it was for the initial scribbles and I usually take a break to reflect on the drawing’s progress. That usually involves going to bed and sleeping for about 8 hours. I’ll return tomorrow night after work.

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